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Back to School Guide

Welcome to Kents Hill!

We are so excited to welcome you to campus. This online Back to School Guide serves as your primary resource for information regarding the Kents Hill School experience. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at info@kentshill.org or 207-685-1606.

Getting Here

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

Academic Resources

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • When will I get my academic schedule?

    All student schedules have been published and are available on our website. Students can access schedules by following the below instructions.

    1) Login to the Kents Hill website 
    2) Click “My Day”
    3) Click “Progress” or “Schedule”
    4) If you select Progress, the website will show all courses with a block. Click “1st Semester” or “2nd Semester.” Classes will show in the format of course name: block/period.
    5) If you select Schedule, follow up by clicking Month and then hit the right arrow until you reach September.

    Parents and guardians can access schedules by logging in to the Kents Hill website, clicking on your child's name, and scrolling down until you see "Courses."

    Note: if you have trouble accessing your schedule, please contact our IT Help Desk at helpdesk@kentshill.org. A school representative will get back to you within one business day.

    The Academic Team worked very hard to craft schedules that would challenge students, allow them to pursue their interests, and enable them to graduate on time. However, these schedules are not set in stone! Between Monday, September 9 and Monday, September 16, we will hold the first of two “add/drop” weeks. (The second will take place in the middle of January when we begin our second semester.) During each add/drop week, students have the option of meeting with Dr. Benjamin Priest (Dean of Academics), Dr. Wilson Onu (Associate Dean of Academics), or Ms. Tammy Birtwell (Registrar) to discuss their schedules and advocate for reasonable changes. Although logistical constraints prevent us from honoring every request, we will do our best to make sure that all students have schedules that satisfy their academic requirements and, whenever possible, reflect their interests and ambitions.

    Students taking Advanced Placement courses are required to sit for the AP exam in April or May 2020. The CollegeBoard assesses a fee of $94 per exam, which is billed to the student at the start of the academic year. If you have questions or concerns about AP course fees, contact Dr. Wilson Onu, Associate Dean of Academics, at wonu@kentshill.org.

    A few of our Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual-Enrollment teachers have also assigned a minimal amount of summer homework, which must be completed before students return to school in September. We have included these assignments below. Feel free to direct any questions about summer homework to Dr. Benjamin Priest at bpriest@kentshill.org

    Summer Homework for Selected Honors, AP, and Dual-Enrollment Courses*

    Honors Algebra 2: Complete the Khan Academy assignment that Mr. Mike Hannon and Ms. Diane Chick outline here.

    Honors Precalculus: Complete the problem set Ms. Katie Petrillo provides here.

    AP Literature and Composition: Read Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead.

    AP European History: Complete the short writing assignment Mr. Brian Smith describes here.

    AP Studio Art: 2D: Complete these assignments. 1) Keep a sketchbook and fill up 20 pages with sketches, notes, ideas, and pictures. 2) Create four finished works of excellent quality. The finished works can be portraits, landscapes, or still life pieces. Any medium you wish, any size you wish.
    *You should only do these assignments if you are enrolled in these classes!
  • What is the process for changing classes?

    The Academic Team worked very hard to craft schedules that would challenge students, allow them to pursue their interests, and enable them to graduate on time. However, these schedules are not set in stone! 

    Between Monday, September 9 and Monday, September 16, we will hold the first of two “add/drop” weeks. (The second will take place in the middle of January when we begin our second semester.) During each add/drop week, students have the option of meeting with Dr. Benjamin Priest (Dean of Academics), Dr. Wilson Onu (Associate Dean of Academics), or Ms. Tammy Birtwell (Registrar) to discuss their schedules and advocate for reasonable changes. Although logistical constraints prevent us from honoring every request, we will do our best to make sure that all students have schedules that satisfy their academic requirements and, whenever possible, reflect their interests and ambitions.
  • What classes are offered?

    For a complete list of classes please view our Course Prospectus.
  • What is the summer reading?

    At Kents Hill School, we believe that reading is an essential part of twenty-first-century education. Reading increases students’ knowledge of the world, helps them develop empathy for other people, and prepares them for college and their careers. But we also know that students have literary tastes that don’t always align with what is taught in school, and that many lack the time to read for pleasure during the school year. That’s why we’re pleased to announce the following change this year: while we encourage students to read multiple books over the summer, and are providing a series of student and faculty recommendations, we will not require students to read specific titles.

    With the exception of those individuals planning to take AP Literature and Composition next year (click here), students are welcome to read whatever they want. We sincerely hope that students will take advantage of this unique opportunity. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Ben Priest, Dean of Academics, at bpriest@kentshill.org.

    Click here to view student and faculty recommendations for summer reading!

  • Who are my teachers?

    Learn more about our great teachers by clicking here!
  • Do I have summer assignments to complete? Or placement tests?

    Summer Homework for Selected Honors, AP, and Dual-Enrollment Courses*

    Honors Algebra 2: Complete the Khan Academy assignment that Mr. Mike Hannon and Ms. Diane Chick outline here.

    Honors Precalculus: Complete the problem set Ms. Katie Petrillo provides here.

    AP Literature and Composition: Read Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead.

    AP European History: Complete the short writing assignment Mr. Brian Smith describes here.

    AP Studio Art: 2D: Complete these assignments. 1) Keep a sketchbook and fill up 20 pages with sketches, notes, ideas, and pictures. 2) Create four finished works of excellent quality. The finished works can be portraits, landscapes, or still life pieces. Any medium you wish, any size you wish.

    *You should only do these assignments if you are enrolled in these classes!
  • How will I order textbooks?

    Once academic schedules are available our on-campus Bookstore will order and have your textbooks ready for purchase and pick-up upon your arrival. If you would like to purchase your own textbooks, please contact Tina Duplessis, Student Center Manager, at tduplessis@kentshill.org.
  • Do I need to bring my own laptop or desktop computer?

    Yes. Our IT team supports a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) technology environment and recommends that students bring a personal laptop and/or desktop to use during their time at Kents Hill. We do not provide laptops or tablets. Helpdesk@kentshill.org is a great resource for any questions or for additional information.
  • Do I need to bring my own school supplies?

    You are encouraged to bring your own school supplies including planners, pencils, pens, highlighters, notebooks, binders, accessories, and more. Our on-campus Bookstore also provides a number of these items for purchase.
  • What is the dress code?

    All community members are expected to dress in a manner that reflects the Kents Hill School core values and our role as an educational institution. The dress code is in place to create an environment of learning and all clothing choices should model respect for self and others.

    Community members will wear attire that is clean, in good repair, and free from rips or tears. Clothes, jewelry, or other accessories should not have messages that advocate drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, or have language that is racist, sexist, or has otherwise offensive messages, symbols, or pictures. Any visible tattoos must adhere to the same standards mentioned above. Any piercings will be well maintained and should be covered or removed, if required, for athletic or activity participation. Clothing will fit well and cover torsos, hips, upper thighs, and underclothes at all times.

    Hats, caps, and hoods, aside from those required by a student’s culture or religion, are removed upon entering any school building, except dormitories, Alfond Athletics Center, Student Center, and Alpine Center. Mobile devices and headphones will not be used in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons during scheduled meal times or at Bodman Performing Arts Center during school meetings and performances.

    Academic Day Dress Code

    During the academic day, community members will wear collared shirts, blouses, sweaters, or turtlenecks. Sweatshirts, t-shirts, and hoodies are not appropriate for academic dress day. Sleeveless blouses or dresses will have straps at least one inch wide. Appropriate bottom clothing includes dress pants, dress shorts, corduroys, khakis, dresses, or skirts of appropriate length (at or below the fingertips with arms at the side). No blue jeans are permitted. Leggings may be worn only with an appropriate length top or under a dress or skirt.

    Casual Dress Code

    Casual dress after the academic day or formal school events may be comfortable but should still maintain respect for community standards. Sleepwear is not to be worn outside of dormitories.

    Formal Dress Code

    During formal school functions community members are expected to wear one of the following: suit coat or blazer, dress pants with a belt (knee-length dress shorts may be substituted in warm weather), full button-down front collared shirt that is tucked in neatly and worn with a tie or a blouse; a dress or a skirt of appropriate length (at or below the fingertips with arms at the side) with a dress top; or formal attire representing a student’s international and/or cultural identity.

    The expectation is that community members will follow the dress code at all times. Students not following the dress code will be asked by a faculty or staff member to change their clothing.

    If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org.

Residential Life

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • What should I pack?

    Boarding students will be provided with a bed, desk, chair, dresser, and wardrobe. No outside furniture is permitted with the exception of a desk chair. We are aware that bringing the below items with you might not be possible in some situations, so multiple shopping trips will be offered during student orientation and throughout the academic year.

    What You May Want to Bring
     
    Air-tight food storage containers
    Comforter, extra blankets, bed sheets, mattress cover, pillow
    Clock radio/alarm clock
    Clothes hangers
    Desk lamp
    Extension cord and power strip
    Fan
    Hair dryer
    Laundry basket or bag
    Towels, shower shoes, and shower caddy
    Small trunk or personal safe
    Under-the-bed storage containers
    Pictures, posters, and other decorative items
    Command Strips or Poster Putty for hanging items (no tacs or nails) 
    Swimwear and beach towel 
    Clothing for outside work, community service, etc.
     
    What Not to Bring
     
    Air conditioning (A/C) units or heaters
    Any appliance with a heating coil (hot pot/tea kettle)
    Candles or incense
    Christmas lights or string lights
    Electric blanket
    Halogen lamps
    Pets (yes, fish are pets)
    Firearms/weapons
    Iron
    Lighters or matches
    Microwave
    Refrigerator*
    Tacks or nails for hanging items
    Television or monitors over 21 inches

    Note: Senior and Academic Gap Year students are permitted to have a small personal refrigerator (no larger than four cubic feet) in their rooms. 

    For questions, please contact Erica Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, at echute@kentshill.org
  • Where will I live? Will I have a roommate?

    All new students will have a roommate and be assigned to one of our five dorms based on grade, gender, and the results of a completed student survey. All rooms include a bed (twin XL sheet size), desk, dresser, and wardrobe or closet. You are invited to decorate your individual space to reflect your personality and interests ... just remember that anything hung on the walls must use Command Strips or Poster Putty! See "What should I pack?" (above) for more information.

    Your advisor and dorm assignment are now available online. To access,
    please login to the Kents Hill School website, select your child’s name (or students "my day" or "groups") in the gray menu bar, and scroll down. Here, you’ll be able to see academic courses, advisor, and dorm room. All day students are assigned to a dorm community based on their grade level. While they do not have an assigned room, there is a dedicated space available for them should they need or desire to spend the night on campus. 
     
    If you have any questions, please contact Erica Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, at echute@kentshill.org
  • How should I ship my belongings? How do I receive mail during the school year? 

    Many services (United Parcel Service, United States Postal Service, etc.)  are available for shipping belongings and/or mail to campus. Please use the below address to ensure proper delivery.

    Kents Hill School
    [Student Name]
    1614 Main Street
    P.O. Box 257
    Kents Hill, Maine 04349
  • How will I do laundry?

    All dorms have full laundry services available to students for a small fee. Students may also elect to utilize an independent, external laundry service called LA Clean & Spin. Additional details, including fees, are available by clicking here. A representative of the company will be available during move in day for you to learn more. 
  • Who provides the best cell phone service?

    The most reliable providers in our immediate area are Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular. Sales representatives will be available on campus during move in day to provide additional information. 
  • What happens if I get sick or need medical attention?

    Health and safety are central to the student experience at Kents Hill School. The Health Center is part of the team here that helps students build a platform of knowledge on which to base decisions about food, activity, relationships, preventative practices, and the future. And when reactive action is required for an illness or emergency, the staff is there to treat a wide range of health needs. 

    Our Health Center is professionally staffed by a licensed nurse and counselor while school is in session and provides 24/7 on-call services. Students requiring professional medical, dental, and mental health services beyond the scope of the Health Center are referred to the nearby MaineGeneral Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, and other community health offices. The nursing and counseling staff makes all necessary transportation arrangements for off-campus student appointments.

Life at Kents Hill

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Where can I find the Community Handbook?

    The 2019-20 Community Handbook will be available in August. To view the 2018-19 Community Handbook for a sense of general policies and procedures, please click here.
  • What is the weather like?

    Weather at Kents Hill varies greatly. It can be very warm at the beginning of the academic year, but nighttime temperatures may drop below zero by the end of the first semester. Expect some rain in the fall and spring and snow in the winter. You will also find plenty of very sunny and warm days. The best advice is to pack for any and all situations. Mud or rain boots and a good winter coat are strongly recommended! 
  • Who do I contact during the academic day or weekend if I need to get in touch with the school?

    You can contact the Kents Hill School Main Office at 207-685-4914, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday. For evening and/or weekend emergencies, parents and guardians should call the On Duty (OD) cell phone at 207-504-7272.
  • What are Class Projects?

    “Class Projects” are an opportunity for students to meet classmates, student leaders, and faculty members in a relaxed, inclusive, and welcoming setting during the opening of school and orientation. In addition to providing a safe small-group experience, each grade-level-specific program is led by experienced faculty members and designed to introduce and reinforce core values, leadership, and character. 

    Freshman Year 

    During Freshman Class Projects, students discover Kents Hill’s rich traditions and history. The majority of the experience is spent on-campus where students will take part in a number of traditions including: selecting a core value to represent the class throughout their time at Kents Hill; signing their names in the iconic Bearce Hall bell tower; and writing a letter to their future selves that will be sealed and returned as they prepare to graduate. Evening activities include dinner and small- and large-group activities. Students then explore coastal Maine, which includes kayaking on the Sheepscot River, exploring Boothbay Harbor, and using an adventure ropes course at Monkey See Monkey Do. 


    Sophomore Year

    During Sophomore Class Projects, students spend three action-packed days camping, hiking, biking, and sea kayaking at Acadia National Park. Leadership skills are a focus throughout the trip as students and faculty work together to cook, clean, and live in natural conditions. To prepare for the trip, new parents must complete the “Sophomore Class Projects Form” on the Kents Hill School website. Please login to the website and select the form on the “Forms to Complete” banner. 


    Junior Year

    During Junior Class Projects, students explore the beauty of central Maine while building a strong, inclusive community. Students spend two days at Camp Winnebago on Echo Lake where the focus is on developing strong community bonds and leadership skills. Time is also built-in for informal recreational activities such as swimming, tennis, soccer, basketball, and dodgeball. 


    Senior and Academic Gap Year

    During Senior and Academic Gap Year Class Projects, students step out of their comfort zone and learn how to operate as a team by enjoying some of the best whitewater rafting that New England has to offer. The group stays overnight at Adventure Bound, which includes cabin tents, hot showers, a swimming pool, volleyball and basketball courts, and low and high ropes courses. To prepare for the trip, please fill out the Adventure Bound Release Form and return it to Kents Hill School by August 26. You can scan (jdehaven@kentshill.org), fax (207-685-9529), or mail the form to P.O. Box 257, 1614 Main St, Kents Hill, ME, 04349. 

  • What sports and activities are offered?

    Our athletics program offers beginning and seasoned athletes teams in 19 plus sports and a full range of opportunities for practice and competition. Students participate in a team sport or afternoon activity each season. Students will be asked to select a team sport or afternoon activity during their arrival to campus, but are provided two weeks at the beginning of each season to switch to another team and/or activity if they so desire. 
  • What are the extra fees that I should expect?

    While fees per student vary based on a number of factors, below are general fees that can be expected during the 2019-20 academic year. 

    ACADEMIC

    Dual-Enrollment courses range from $100 - $200 per course depending on college and course selected. Please consult the teacher and course syllabus for more details.
     
    Art class fees range from $25 - $200 per course. See Course Prospectus for specific details.

    Woodworking class fees range from $25 - $150 per course. See Course Prospectus for specific details.

    Testing: AP Exams ($94/exam), PSAT ($16/test), ACT ($51/test), SAT ($48/test), TOEFL ($205/test)

    Textbooks range from $150 - $500+ per academic year 

    TRANSPORTATION

    Day student transportation fee: $250/trimester

    Boarding/day student transportation to/from campus to area destinations such as Freeport, Portland, Augusta, etc.: See Community Handbook for specific details 
     
    ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES

    The following programs have an associated charge:
    • Equestrian (approximately $1640/season)
    • Fencing (varies for competition and equipment needs)
    • Skiing and Snowboarding Program (varies for competition and equipment needs)
    • Team apparel and equipment
    COMMUNITY

    Yearbook: $86 unless opt-out (March)

    Commencement: $175 includes cap/gown, 10 announcements, and walkway brick (March)

    Student ID replacement: $25 after first replacement

    Day student overnight: $40 per night

    Health Center: Varies 

    Dorm room cleaning and/or damage: Varies

    Dorm key replacement $50

    These reflect the majority of charges students may incur during an academic year. Programs and associated charges are subject to change and are nonrefundable unless otherwise noted.

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Sue Fish, Business Office Assistant at sfish@kentshill.org
  • What activities are offered on the weekends?

    Kents Hill provides a number of creative and engaging activities on weekends and other free times. On-campus weekend activities include athletic events, movie nights, live music, live bands, and ice cream socials. Off-campus destinations include dining, movie theaters, shopping, skiing and snowboarding destinations, hiking destinations, and more.
  • What is offered for music and performing arts? 

    Our rich program in music and performing arts that gives every community member the opportunity to practice and perform. Contact Christian Giddings, Music Program Director, at cgiddings@kentshill.org to learn more about music courses, lessons, and more. 
  • Help! What do I do if I have a question not answered here?

    No worries! Please contact our Admissions Office at 207-685-1606 or info@kentshill.org




Contact

Main Office, Receptionist
207-685-4914
Main Office, Admissions
207-685-1606, info@kentshill.org
Dean of Students, Diane Chick
207-685-1627, dchick@kentshill.org
Assistant to the Dean of Students, Addie Michaud
207-685-4914, amuchaud@kentshill.org
Dean of Student and Residential Life, Erica Chute
207-685-1644, echute@kentshill.org
Bookstore, Tina Duplessis
207-685-1628, tduplessis@kentshill.org
Athletics, Nan Hambrose
207-685-1667, nhambrose@kentshill.org
Finance & Accounting, Matthew Crane
207-685-1649, mcrane@kentshill.org
Health Center, Lindsey Butterfield
207-685-1624, lbutterfield@kentshill.org
Technology, Mike DeLisle
207-685-1687, helpdesk@kentshill.org


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